Albertawow

Forget Me Not Ridge Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 4 Star
Level: Mod to Diff Time/Dist: 3 to 4 hours / 8.5K return Elevation Gain: 700m

Trailhead: Park at the Little Elbow Campground or Forget Me Not Pond 40 minutes west of Calgary. Bring an extra pair of shoes for crossing the Little Elbow river. Note Highway #66 is closed at Elbow Falls from Dec 1st to May 15th.

Description: Walk up the gravel road leading to Little Elbow campground and locate the Harold Chapman pedestrian bridge crossing the Elbow River. Cross the bridge and turn left onto the equestrian trail. When the trail starts to turn south east towards Big Elbow loop stay left trying to follow the Elbow River downstream. In a short distance you'll reach the Little Elbow river. Ford the Little Elbow river and follow another equestrian trail about 1/2km until you see a cairn marking the trail leading off to the right. This is the start of the climb towards the summit of Forget Me Not Ridge. Work your way up some very steep scree slopes then continue on along the ridge towards the summit. The top of Forget Me Not Ridge is a large U shape that follows two mountains. There is a very large cairn at both ends of the ridge. Views of Moose Mountain, Moose Mountain Ice Cave, Nihahi Ridge, Prairie Mountain, Powder Face Ridge, Mount Glasgow, Mount Cornwall, Outlaw Peak, Banded Peak and Mount Romulus are stunning. The summit also offers a classic transitional view of prairies to mountains with the city of Calgary visible on the eastern horizon.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Goose Berry campground, Little Elbow, Beaver Flat campground, Paddy's Flat campground. Trailheads to Elbow Falls, Prairie Mountain, Moose Mountain, Moose Mountain Ice Cave, Prairie Mountain, Powder Face Trail, Elbow Loop and Forgetmenot Pond day use picnic area are all located near here. You are in bear country.

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